Apr. 8th, 2009


Apr. 8th, 2009 06:55 pm
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I have been unusually beset with inspiration. Having never had an idea for original writing in my life, something not unlike a writer's prompt popped into my head whilst I feverishly stared at the ceiling on Monday morning testing and re-testing my voice to see if it worked yet. The thought apparently came from nowhere and is completely unrelated to my current experience or that of anyone else around me. I acknowledged it, parked it, and went about feeling sickly and sorry for myself and didn't really give it another thought.

Not another thought, in fact, until I started seeing dialogue between two characters unfolding in my head. So this afternoon I sat down and started to think about how I could capture it. It was at that point I realised that what I was hearing wasn't like a novel or short story but is rather more trying to be a play. Again with the weird, because whilst I've written plenty of fiction none of it has been using original characters and most of it is pretty light on dialogue.

So far I have managed to complete the bones of one scene - a dualogue - and sketched out a fair amount of a story arc for the rest of the action. The main characters have names, which may sound like an odd thing to say but is something I really struggle with. But now they have proper names [rather than the "Fred" and "Freda" that [livejournal.com profile] terraswrath helpfully suggested in the first instance so I had something to write other than "man" and "woman"] I feel like I can hear them talking and it's almost like they're taking on a life of their own.

I have no idea whether this is actually going to go anywhere, but I'm going to run with it for now and see where it takes me. I'm in the relatively fortunate position that if I do decide that it might be good for an airing I have a group of people who might actually take it and produce it for me. But that's not really what's on my mind at the moment. Whilst the voices are talking to me, I will continue to take notes.

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